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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

There will be blood in Atlanta theaters

click to enlarge SLASH AND LEARN: Sarah Wallis as Hildy in the horror-comedy Slasher
  • SLASH AND LEARN: Sarah Wallis as Hildy in the horror-comedy Slasher

Few comedies require their own blood recipes, but Actor's Express' Slasher calls for two. The week before opening, Slasher's production crew sampled two different blood types: a thin liquid that looks deliberately fake, and a thicker one that appears uncomfortably real.

"The thin blood is basically colored water. The thick mixture includes horse lubricant. Some theaters use food-based blood, but we wanted something more washable to keep the ants away," explains Freddie Ashley, Actor's Express' artistic director and director of Slasher.

Alison Moore's horror-comedy depicts an aspiring actress named Sheena (Annie York) who takes a leading role in a low-budget slasher film, only to see her real life turn increasingly terrifying. Actor's Express uses the fake-looking blood for the scenes on the set of the film-within-the-play Bloodbath, but the more realistic brew for the scenes of "actual" violence.

For all of Slasher's horrific theatrics, though, the play targets the audience's laughter more than its fear.

Similarly, Dad's Garage Theatre presents the world premiere of The Change: Another Teenage Werewolf Musical, also a horror-comedy strongly influenced by cinematic conventions. It, too, sneaks in some thoughtful content amid the monstrous antics.

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